Since this week is “hair week” at Jenni Raincloud HQ, I had to share a super simple recipe for a hair rinse. It’s just apple cider vinegar and water (with a few essential oils added in, of course!). I know what you’re thinking-Apple Cider Vinegar stinks! Yes, it does. BUT, don’t knock this until you try it-ACV does amazing things for hair-and I promise, you won’t smell like vinegar. Instead, you’ll have shiny, silky, happy hair!
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for the Hair
- Seals the hair cuticle-which helps hair maintain moisture.
- Helps detangle the hair
- Stimulates hair growth
- Removes product and chemical build up without stripping hair of moisture.
- Restores pH
- Soothes itchy dry scalp
- Prevents split ends.
- Makes hair shine!
Pretty exciting, right? Let’s talk a little more about pH-I’ve stated many times through out my posts that pH is vital for healthy skin. When pH is off in your skin, excessive dryness or oiliness can occur. The same is true with the hair. It is so important that we restore pH after shampooing.
Why does Apple Cider Vinegar Give You Shiny Hair?
So when I see someone with really shiny hair the first thing I think is, “WOW, they must be really healthy”. Just look at little kids hair. They have the most gorgeous shiny hair. That’s the goal. Apple Cider Vinegar smooths the cuticle of the hair. When hair cuticles are uniform and smooth, light can reflect. When we shampoo, the cuticles open. If they stay open the hair will look dull and dry and the light will be absorbed rather than deflected. Residue from products inevitably will build up on your hair. The more build up you have, the less shine. ACV removes build up and shine is restored!
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
1/2 cup Water
How to Use
I keep mine in the shower in a spray bottle. I use 3 times a week. On those 3 days, the rinse replaces my conditioner. I’m not kidding. I have dry hair, and thought I desperately would need conditioner to smooth my hair out, but honestly, ACV works better.
- Shampoo your hair as usual.
- Spray a generous amount into your hair.
- Massage your hair.
- Let it set for about 2 minutes then quickly, not thoroughly, rinse it out with water.
Your hair will stink while it’s wet. I SWEAR, once it dries, you won’t smell apple cider vinegar! I add Rosemary to mine because it helps hair grow. I also add Lavender for the smell, and it’s moisturizing properties.
Try this out-I know you’ll be happy you did! It’s so easy and much healthier and cheaper than clarifying shampoos and spray shines! Don’t forget to check out more DIY hair care HERE!